$250,000 in Commonwealth grants open for community groups

I welcome the opening of $250,000 in Commonwealth funded grants for Landcare and community groups in the Port Phillip and Western Port region. The funds are part of the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and are available through the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority’s community grants scheme, which is now open for applications.…

Abbott Government commits $406m for preschool certainty

The Abbott Government will commit $406 million to ensure Australian families can continue to access up to 15 hours of preschool per week in 2015. The Commonwealth Government is offering Victoria an extension of the current national partnership arrangement* for preschool funding for a further 12 months after they expire in December 2014. Many local…

Grant assistance for Hastings veterans

The 1066 Hastings Day Club will have better access to technology thanks to a $798 Commonwealth Government grant. The grant will enable the club to purchase a computer and printer that will be used to create regular newsletters among other tasks. 1066 Hastings Day Club received the funding through the Veteran and Community Grant program.…

Paying homage to our war heroes

The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Victoria Branch will create a permanent interactive display at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum on Phillip Island thanks to a Commonwealth Government grant. “It is my pleasure to congratulate the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association Victoria Branch on receiving $2,464 from the Government’s Saluting their Service grants,”…

Paying homage to our war heroes

The 34th Australian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Association will be able to publish a history of its gunners thanks to a Commonwealth Government grant. “It is my pleasure to congratulate the 34th Australian Heavy Anti-Aircraft Battery Association at Balnarring on receiving $1000 from the Government’s Saluting their Service grants,” Flinders MP Greg Hunt said. The group…

Newhaven College receives $500,000 for new library

Newhaven College on Phillip Island will get a much-needed new library thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Government. The funding, which will go towards the construction of a library and administrative building for the school, was committed through the Government’s Capital Grants Programme. “It is terrific that Newhaven College has received these funds…

Anzac Centenary grants for the Mornington Peninsula

Flinders MP Greg Hunt visited the Village Glen on Friday to formally announce seven Anzac Centenary grants for the Mornington Peninsula.  Mr Hunt said he was delighted to present the awards, which would honour the nation’s war heroes. “These grants present an opportunity for our community groups to honour our war heroes in a way…

Celebrating National Tree Day

I was delighted to join people on the Dromana Foreshore on Saturday ahead of National Tree Day on Sunday, July 27 to plant trees and revegetate our local environment. Communities around Australia celebrated National Tree Day on Sunday and across the weekend. It was an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the positive…

Celebrating 25 years of Landcare

I was delighted to join the 25th anniversary celebrations of Landcare on Sunday July 20 at Mornington Peninsula Youth Enterprises. Landcare started as a small group, funded by generous farmers and community members and has now grown to more than 6000 affiliated groups across the country. Landcare has become one of our most important environmental…